Jin Sushi Closes Forever After Service on Saturday; Lucky Bee on Deck

Posted on: August 13th, 2015 at 5:18 am by
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One of the more popular Lower East Side restaurants, Jin Sushi, officially closes for good on Saturday. Three more days. A sandwich board outside the establishment displays the countdown. Its departure was expected, yet no less upsetting to longtime fans and, of course, the owners and employees.

When news first broke this past spring, we understood that ownership “opted” not to renew and that “the time had come” to conclude operations. Not so, apparently. The sushi stalwart, on the block for a decade, was reportedly felled by an exorbitant rent hike. Large enough to sideline the business.

The replacement, meanwhile, is already lined up and ready to go. As previously mentioned, the Lucky Bee will buzz 252 Broome Street with Southeast Asian cuisine. It’s a farm-to-table style restaurant helmed by former Fat Radish chef Matty Bennett.

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“The Lucky Bee will offer New Yorkers a fun yet sophisticated dining experience in the LES,” co-owner Rupert Noffs recently told us. “We have personally lived in LES for the past 3 years so want this area to become a culinary destination.”

“We want to be a full service restaurant – and want to raise money for bee farms from the honey we use in our cocktails (we are not using regular sugar syrup).”

Community Board 3 approved the OP liquor license last month with support of the Orchard Street Block Association..

Notice the trend.

252 Broome Street is co-owned by Lower East Side BID Chairman of the Board Michael Forrest and controversial landlord Samy Mahfar (aka SMA Equities).

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